UNEP's Global Solid Waste Outlook

A comprehensive global overview which includes issues affecting solid waste management in Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)

Good waste management is a vital component of sustainable development in SIDS. Poorly managed waste has negative impacts on public health, fragile terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems, and on important economic sectors such as tourism and fisheries.  Waste has been recognised as one of the areas for priority attention for SIDS where the lack of regulations and poor enforcement, under-developed infrastructure, limited recycling opportunities due to economies of scale; general poor public attitudes and practices, and barriers to moving waste from one country to another due to different legal regimes and definitions of waste, all contribute to inadequate waste management practices. 

SIDS, as with most countries around the world, are experiencing an increase in waste generation due not only to common factors such as increasing population, urbanization, and change of consumption patterns, but most acutely due to the large quantities of imported material and packaging, and the excess amount of waste produced by tourism, including cruise-ship generated wastes. Additionally the complexity and hazard of particular waste streams such as e-waste, pesticides, asbestos, used oil, items containing heavy metals and also biomedical wastes is also adding pressure to local waste management systems, since facilities for their treatment and disposal are often not in place.

To access The Global Waste Management Outlook (GWMO) please visit http://www.unep.org.